Catherine de Medici was born in Florence, Italy, a member of the famous de Medici family. She went on to become Queen of France.
When you read about food history, the name of Catherine de Medici starts cropping up here and there. And even if you never bust open a historical tome, you’ll see her name peppered here and there in food articles, crediting her with introducing the French to everything from forks to peas. She’s even credited with inventing women’s knickers.
As appealing as it might be to some to think of the Italians teaching the French a thing or two about food, how much is really true? CooksInfo has the facts by the forkful: just follow this link to her biography: Catherine de Medici. And if this is your first time to hear of Catherine, her life makes fascinating reading.